The World Wildlife Fund, By The United Nations ' Food And Agriculture Organization

1210 Words Dec 10th, 2016 5 Pages
According to the United Nations ' Food and Agriculture Organization, an estimated 16 million acres of forest are being lost each year globally to deforestation (FAO 5). Contributing factors include agricultural expansion, logging, development, and other human activities. In order to put this into perspective, the World Wildlife Fund describes this as an equivalent to forty-eight football fields of forest being lost every minute (WWF 1). This is alarming, because even though for many of us, major forest systems seem as though they are distant world away from our everyday lives, they are actually critically essential to our very survival. Forest plays many roles such as keeping massive amounts of carbon in the ground and out of our atmosphere, naturally replenishing ground water, protecting soil from erosion, and providing millions of goods used across the globe.
For millions of people, their livelihoods rely both directly and indirectly on our foremost major forest systems, but it’s not just people who rely on these forests. These ecosystems also provide natural habitats to millions of different species of animals, insects, and plant life. Yet despite the importance of the world’s forests, they are continually under the threat of destruction of deforestation, solely for the sake of a turn for quick profit. While this is seen across the globe, of greatest concerns are the continents of Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and South America due to their highest rates of…

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